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What does it take (Friday Fictioneers)

December 15, 2022


The tribute was colorful and heartbreaking. The stuffed toys of children passed. Ears fluttering in the warm breeze. The monsters take the children. Tributes pinned to the line in the hopes that the household would be spared. Nearly every household was affected. And still the monsters came. Night after night, stealing in with the shadows, taking.



The red-rimmed eyed women met in secret. No more, they swore. They took up arms and waited in the shadows. No more, they swore.

The battle was bloody. The dark hid their sins. Many died.

Their desperation won.

But still, they wept.

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

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Word Count: 100

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  1. Wow! Laurie, you packed 100,000 words into this 100!

  2. I would say this is a Christmas story relating to Krampus from Alpine Folklore.
    Great story, for naughty children.

  3. Oh my! That was an unexpected ride into terror and back again! Well done!

  4. Ditto Neil! A novel packed in those simple lines. *shiver*

  5. Great story, Laurie. It was easy to imagine all the way through. 🙂

  6. Wow, that was an emotional rollercoaster with a victory but still so incredibly sad. The red-rimmed eyed women are such a strong image.

  7. michael1148humphris permalink

    So much illustrated in so few word, brilliant

  8. Wow, that was a powerful story so well told. Excellent!

  9. I have to agree that you packed quite a wallop with this one! Wonderful imagery!

  10. Dear Laurie,

    Heartbreakig and frighteningly well done.



  11. Laurie, you describe a place I hope never to find myself in. Very creative writing.

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